Type and Time of meals

Here’s my helpful tidbit…This year someone has something every night at dinner time. I also have a public high school student who gets off the bus at 5PM starving!

I schedule my meals by TYPES:
Sunday is Kid’s Choir. We get home by 530PM
so we’re busy up UNTIL dinner time. Rice and Veggies in the microwave. Add any small bits of left over chopped meat from earlier in the week. Eat person makes their own bowl. Add chicken broth or cream of chicken soup (prepared as soup) if you want it soupy.
Monday night is Cub Scouts from 630-730PM for Mom and son.
Sarah (my 8yo) and I have dinner waiting at 515pm. Casserole night.
Tuesday night is Self-serve Crockpot night. I have Girl Scouts at my house! from 415-545, then I’m free from 6-630 to eat and I leave the house for another meeting. So at LUNCH TIME, John (10yo son) and I make up a crockpot, one dish meal that is serve yourself. Everyone digs in when they are hungry and available to eat. High School student at 5pm. Me at 6pm. Dad at 8pm. (And when we have it all together dad cleans up and puts the leftovers away!) It’s all good.
Wednesday I do errands between homeschool and homework which is from 5-630 then youth group from 7-9PM. Since everyone is home to eat at the same time, but we’re in  a hurry. We either cook a nice dinner and serve it at 530PM OR we cook frozen heat and eat food, like Taquitos, Lasagna, Chicken nuggets, egg rolls, etc.
Thursday my son has Football from 6-7 so we eat by 530PM Lizzie my 13yo doesn’t enjoy cooking so we often do tacos, spaghetti, chicken patty sandwiches, or other simple kid food.
Friday is family night, so I TRY to thaw meat and make a nice home cooked meal. Chicken in a pot (30min whole chicken in microwave), pork chops on grill, foil packets on grill etc. I also like to pre-marinade my meats when I bring them home from the grocery store sales. I use the 4meals-in4minutes method from Homemade Gourmet.  If I’m home on Fridays I like to PRE-make chicken salad, pasta salad, potato salad or some other wonderful cold food to serve in a flash for lunch if we can eat together Saturday at lunch.
Saturday is pizza night. I’ve been buying frozen pizzas for $5 and having several of them to feed our big crew.
Sunday after church we often have “breakfast”… eggs, sausage, biscuits, the whole 9-yards to make it filling and special.
My helpful advice is to look at your weekly calendar schedule with people going here and there and FIND your cooking time and serving time for your evening meal. Then match the TYPE of COOKING to that available time.
I hope that helps y’all!